The Arunachal Pradesh authorities has filed a case towards a social media influencer from Punjab for his alleged racial remarks towards a Congress MLA, and “ill will towards the people of the state”.
Paras Singh, who goes by the identify ”Paras Official” on his YouTube channel, had in a video posted on Sunday termed Congress MLA Ninong Ering a “non-Indian” and apparently claimed the “state was a part of China”, sparking furore amongst Arunchalees in addition to individuals from different elements of the nation.
In one more video, posted earlier within the day, he has apologised for his feedback.
“A case has been registered against Paras for racial hatred and the cyber crime branch in Itanagar is investigating the matter,” DGP R P Upadhyaya stated.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, taking to Twitter, condemned the racial slur and stated the “video aims at inciting ill will and hatred towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh”.
Khandu additional added that the social media account of the individual is being completely investigated for particulars about his actions and whereabouts.
Social media must be used with due warning and any infringement will result in motion as per legislation, the CM added.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein underlined that he was “appalled and greatly dismayed” to see the YouTube put up, which not simply “casts doubt on the nationality of the Arunachal Pradesh MLA but also questions the existence of the state within India”.
“To doubt our nationality because of how we look is a problem most of us from the North East of India face regularly in the mainland. What we look like, how we dress, what we eat and how we live makes us no less Indian.”
“We are proud to be a state in the Union of India where even in the interior most we greet each other with a ”Jai Hind” and primary school children even in the border villages sing ”Saare Jahaan se Achha, Hindustan Hamara” with pride, he said in his official Twitter handle.
The deputy CM sought an unconditional apology from the YouTuber for his remarks.
“I strongly condemn this racist and conceited act of Mr. Paras Singh (Bunty). Every Arunachalee and each proper considering Indian should condemn such prejudiced views. He should apologise unconditionally to the individuals of Arunachal Pradesh. @PemaKhanduBJP @KirenRijiju @ninong_erring,” Mein added.
Singh had apparently made the comments while reacting to a letter written by Ering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wherein he had sought a ban on the relaunch of PUBG Mobile as Battlegrounds Mobile India.
The Pasighat East MLA, when contacted, said he would soon file a case against Singh.
Meanwhile, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students” Union (AAPSU) issued a statement to say that the people of the state are “tremendously harm” by the remarks.
“Such incidents usually are not remoted ones and have been occurring repeatedly in varied elements of the nation.It is basically distressing that even after over 70 years of the nation’s independence, individuals from the state and the northeast area usually nonetheless face humiliation in different elements of the nation, at any time when they go there for work or examine,” the joint statement by AAPSU president Hawa Bagang and general secretary Tabom Dai said.